April A Loving/Berd Wellness Tip... Offering periodic tips and strategies from School Counselor, Mrs. Lauren Berdeguez, and School Psychologist, Dr. Michele Loving:

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:01am

Our March Madness at TRES continued through this past week!  Students have had the daily opportunity to be the Basketball Winner of the Day for showing our 4 Treasured Traits.  On Friday April 12th we had a school-wide bingo game to celebrate and have fun as a school community, before heading into spring break.  Our initiative for our March Madness is to assist students in recharging and refining during this time of the year where it can be difficult to feel motivated.  Our school community looks forward to spring break as a time to refresh and finish out the remainder of the school year.
Signs and symptoms of a “low battery” in your student may look like: anger/easily frustrated, exhaustion/low energy, or sadness/increase in emotional outbursts.  These symptoms could be a sign that your student needs the opportunity to recharge their battery.  Some ways for your child to recharge now include:

  • Mindful Coloring- A simple act such as coloring, can take your energy away from yourself into the present moment.  Helping students to focus on the here and now, by asking them to be thoughtful about: which color they choose, how the crayon feels in their hand as they color, and why they chose to color in a certain area of the page.
  • Connect with Nature- Nature has a rejuvenating energy.  Taking a 10 minute walk with your child is an easy way to connect with your natural surroundings.  Focus on the sights, sounds, and smells of nature to connect in a more mindful way.
  • Fun Breathing Exercises- Teaching children that breathing can bring us back to the present moment is key.  Check out fun breathing tricks at Mrs. B’s Counseling Corner.
  • Mindfulness Activities- Mindfulness 5-4-3-2-1.  Have your child focus on: 5 things they can see, 4 things they can hear, 3 things they can feel, two things they can smell, and 1 thing they can taste.
  • Recite Positive Affirmations- Having your child use positive affirmations to guide positive thoughts, especially during a difficult time of day is a great way to assist them in recharging their battery.  Check out some positive affirmations on Mrs. B’s Counseling Corner.
  • Gratitude- Have your student do a daily challenge in finding 3 things they are grateful for!

If these symptoms persist in your child, please contact a mental health professional.  Please, consult with Dr. Loving or Mrs. Berdeguez if you need more information or would like to discuss a referral for additional support.

Take care of each other, TRES!